The American Library Association is marking “Banned Books Week,” and celebrating the freedom to read, at a time when a surge of book bannings in public schools and libraries across the U.S. shows no signs of slowing.

Through the first eight months of 2022, ALA has recorded 681 attempts to ban or restrict library resources in schools, universities, and public libraries.

“That pace means 2022 will likely exceed the 729 challenges ALA tracked in 2021,” notes Andrew AlbanesePublishers Weekly senior writer.  “ALA officials say the bans have targeted 1,651 different titles—and that’s already more than all of 2021.”

Click below to listen to the latest episode of the Velocity of Content podcast.

For Banned Books Week 2022, A Record Year

Also this week, the EveryLibrary Institute, the research arm of EveryLibrary, a political action committee that advocates for libraries, released results of a national poll of more than 1,100 registered voters from August 31 to September 3.

“Of those polled, 91% were disinclined to ban books. Fully half of all respondents said there is, ‘absolutely no time’ when a book should be banned and that included 31% of Republican voters polled,” Albanese tells me.


Author: Christopher Kenneally

Christopher Kenneally hosts CCC's Velocity of Content podcast series, which debuted in 2006 and is the longest continuously running podcast covering the publishing industry. As CCC's Senior Director, Marketing, he is responsible for organizing and hosting programs that address the business needs of all stakeholders in publishing and research. His reporting has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Independent (London), WBUR-FM, NPR, and WGBH-TV.
Don't Miss a Post

Subscribe to the award-winning
Velocity of Content blog